Cheers for a Hero
[HRW]In a move that will surely draw a collective cheer from thousands of women whose lives have been destroyed by brutal sexual violence, the European Parliament announced that Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege won the 2014 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. I am cheering with them.
Judge Orders Interim Release of Bemba Lawyers
[Bemba Trial Website]An International Criminal Court (ICC) judge has ordered the release of the former head of Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba's defense team, AimeÃÂ Kilolo Musamba, and former case manager Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo.
Gynaecologist Wins Rights Prize
[Deutsche Welle]The 2014 Sakharov Prize, one of Europe's most prestigious human rights accolades, will go to the Congolese physician Denis Mukwege for his treatment of the victims of gang rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Recalled Witness in Bemba Trial to Testify in Closed Session
[Bemba Trial Website]All testimony by a prosecution witness who was recalled by International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to give evidence on issues of witness credibility in the trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba will be heard in closed session.
EU Human Rights Prize for Congolese Doctor
[Deutsche Welle]European lawmakers have awarded Denis Mukwege the Sakharov prize for his work in helping thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Four Bemba Associates Get Interim Release
[Hirondelle]Arusha -The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of four suspects close to Congolese Senator and former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, "to avoid that the duration of the pre-trial detention become disproportionate".
Angola-S. Africa-DRC Approve Secretariat Mechanism
[ANGOP]Luanda -Angola, South Africa and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have approved the structure and composition of their secretariat mechanism.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - ICRC Concerned By Violence Against Civilians in North Kivu
[PR Newswire]Geneva -Following two deadly attacks that took place in the cities of BÃ©ni and Eringeti, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has transferred 14 casualties by air to Goma's Ndosho Hospital.
Ban Deplores Expulsion of UN Rights Officer
[UN News]Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned last week's decision by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country its top United Nations human rights official, saying that doing so can "only be harmful for the country's progress" and urged the Government to reconsider its position.
Newspaper Publisher Held for Past Two Months Over Article
[RSF]Reporters Without Borders is appalled that newspaper publisher Mike Mukebayi has been held without any justification for the past two months because of a libel suit. The length of his pre-trial detention is out of all proportion, especially as judicial examination of the case has not yet begun.
The Ebola You Haven't Heard About
[Chatham House]As the world has rightly focused on the response to the terrible outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the new cases in Europe and the US, another unrelated Ebola outbreak has taken place in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
DR Congo President in Arusha for Special Mission
[Daily News]Arusha -THE President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Mr Joseph Kabila shall Saturday accompany his host, President Jakaya Kikwete at the Tanzania Military Academy in Monduli District to commission officers cadets of intake 54/13 DRC.
ICGLR Ministers Committee Analyzes Experts' Report On Situation in Eastern DRC
[ANGOP]Luanda -The Committee of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is gathered in Luanda, in order to analyze the military and security situation in eastern DR Congo and consult points of view for the third joint meeting with SADC, taking place later this Monday.
Regional Army Chiefs Meet on DR Congo
[ICGLR]Luanda, Angola -The Chiefs of Defense and Security of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will hold their joint meet tomorrow 18th October, 2014 in Luanda, Republic of Angola to assess the security situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region.
Kinshasa Expels UN Envoy
[UN News]The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said today that he "regrets and condemns" the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to order his top official in the country to leave within 48 hours, and the serious intimidation aimed at other human rights staff in there.
UN Envoy Praises Efforts of SADC/ICGLR Countries Stabilizing DRC
[ANGOP]Luanda -The special envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit praised on Monday in Luanda, the efforts and determination of the ICGLR and SADC member countries in the stabilization of the eastern DR Congo (DRC).
Kabila Hails Dar's Role in Empowering DRC Army
[Daily News]Monduli -PRESIDENT Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has praised Tanzania for her peacemaking role in the Great Lakes Region, and empowering his soldiers who have just graduated from the Tanzania Military Academy (TMA) in Monduli, district, Arusha region.
State Dept. on DRC's Expulsion of UN Human Rights Officer
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Samuel - Expect More Against Congo, South Africa
[Vanguard]Super Eagles midfielder, Aaron Samuel has told fans to expect a bumper performance from him in next month"s crunch 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa.
UN Calls for Decisive Joint Military Action
[UN News]In the wake of an overnight attack by suspected Ugandan-based rebels near the eastern Democratic Repulic of the Congo town Beni - the second deadly assault in 48 hours - the United Nations envoy in the country is calling for 'decisive joint military actions' by the Congolese army and UN peacekeeping troops to end the group's reign of terror.